The Yankees posted four-run innings in the seventh and eighth to outdistance themselves from the struggling K-Mets. Saul Torres’ two-run single in the seventh put Pulaski ahead to stay.
Pulaski second baseman Roberto Chirinos belted a three-run homer in the third and finished with four RBIs. Every player except designated hitter Gustavo Campero had at least one hit and the league-best Yankees (24-14) hammered out 12 total.
K-Mets top prospect Brett Baty went 2-for-3, including a solo home run in the fourth and a two-RBI double in the sixth. He and Jaylen Palmer were the only Kingsport players to have multiple hits.
During the game, the New York Mets executed a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays in which they acquired starting pitcher Marcus Stroman. The initial details of the deal mentioned that New York was giving up “top prospects” for Stroman. Later reports revealed that Baty was not involved in the deal, though he was part of the discussion.
Baty broke into the MLB Pipeline’s “Top 100” prospects this week.
STRONG START, ROUGH FINISH
Andres German began the game strong for Kingsport (17-21), pitching 2 2/3 innings, striking out three and not allowing a run.
After German — normally a reliever — reached his pitch count limit, things started to come apart for the K-Mets. Six pitchers followed German to the mound, and all except Yadiel Flores allowed at least one earned run.
Nate Peden, who lasted 3 1/3 innings, was tabbed with the loss after giving up the two earned runs that put Pulaski ahead.
Nick McDonald pitched to four batters in the seventh and recorded only one out while allowing two runs on one hit and two walks. He was credited with a blown save.
Pulaski starter Nelvin Correa got the win with six innings of work. He struck out four and allowed five hits. His only blemish over the first five innings was Baty’s solo shot in the fourth that broke up Correa’s perfect game to that point.
In the sixth, Kennie Taylor, Francisco Alvarez and Baty reached Correa for two-out hits and the K-Mets hung three runs for a 4-3 lead.
After a day off Monday, Kingsport travels to Bluefield’s Bowen Field on Tuesday to begin a three-game series. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.